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APPLE STRENGTHENS SYMBOLIC LANGUAGES WITH CORAL PURCHASE

Apple Computer Inc has strengthened its toolset for developers of software for the Apple Macintosh with acquisition on undisclosed terms of the assets of Coral Software Corp of Cambridge, Massacbhusetts. Coral, founded in 1984, develops and markets programming languages and artificial intelligence tools for the Mac, and Apple will incorporate the technology and the five key members of its engineering team into its Advanced Technology Group, and establish a research laboratory in Cambridge to explore new approaches to programming and advanced development environments. Coral has three Mac products: Allegro Common Lisp is a complete Lisp programming environment; Pearl Lisp is a low cost, entry-level Lisp development system; and Object Logo is an object-oriented version of the educational programming language. Separately, Apple says it will ship a major new release of its HyperCard program for the Mac this year, and the company reports that it is making good progress on the new version of the Macintosh operating system, which will support the shared memory management and multitasking features of the 68030 microprocessor. According to chief executive John Sculley, the most complex part of the effort is making it fit in with what’s already there; while a 68030 Mac will be needed to to use all the features of the new operating system, full compatibility will be maintained. The company says it regards it as more important to get it right than to get it out quickly, and while it should be ready sooner, it is unlikely to be widely used before 1991.

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